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Altjira

Sam D. Gill

in Storytracking

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115871
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115871.003.0005
Altjira

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Altjira, in oceanian mythology, is recognized by the Aranda tribes in Central Australia as the sky father responsible for dreamtime. These indigenous people underwent the Hermannsburg Mission and the Christianization. Considerable reviews on narrations about the aboriginal population suggest that the missionaries of various religions contributed detrimentally to the progress of the natives because original religious dispositions and practices are counteracted by the intrusion of novel beings and institutions. Together with this attempt is the research on aboriginal language and symbols to further understand the foundation of aborigines. Illustrated here are the convictions, significant instances and vital contributions of different regimes to the Australian ethnic groups, consisting of Kempe, Strehlow and Moses. Traced here are the intersecting instances in the developmental stages and the ethnography of Baldwin Spencer and Carl Strehlow in order to relate historical claims, religious beliefs and cultural practices to the development of imaginative concepts (i.e. Altjira) that aid in grasping the complexities and mysteries of life.

Keywords: Altjira; oceanian mythology; Aranda tribes; Central Australia; indigenous people; aborigines; ethnic groups; Carl Strehlow

Chapter.  19191 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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